Gothic, as refers to the musical style and culture, has its roots in the punk scene of the late 70's/early 80's in both the UK and in America. The latter saw the rise of West Coast "death rock" acts such as 45 Grave and Christian Death, fronted by the late Rozz Williams and largely considered to be one of the founding fathers of the Gothic movement, along with UK bands such as the Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus. The mid-80's saw the Second Wave of Goth, led by acts such as Rosetta Stone in an electronic direction, Fields of the Nephilim and Nosferatu in a more organic, but almost theatrically morbid direction, and bands like the Mission (later the Mission UK) in an organic, but less spooky direction, often penning lyrics about lost love or transcendence of spirit. From the early 90's onward the Gothic music has taken on so many different forms that the sound of the music is as diverse as the people who listen to it.
Theatricality was always a big part of the Gothic movement, giving rise to the dark colors and ornate trim which evolved into Gothic fashion as we know it today. Many people dress in elaborate outfits and use lace, velvet and other classical materials, and employ corsets and old-fashioned items like that.
Boots are often very popular with both sexes.
The clubs are a big part of the Gothic scene, providing an opportunity for like-minded souls to network among people they might never meet in "real" life, as well as providing a venue for local and big-name bands to perform in an intimate setting for their fans.
The setting usually is pretty intimate, being usually very dim with occasional accent lights thrown on for effect, often with fireplaces, candelabra, or smoke machines. often there will be a cage for a leather-clad fetish girl to entertain onlookers.
The Gothic scene shares its borders with those of the Industrial scene, in terms of adherents, fashions and venues, and there is often some degree of overlap. This is commonly referred to by the generic tag, the "dark underground."
Gothic music and scene lifestyle can be campy and immerse itself in the trappings of vampires, B-movies and candlelight, can be sensual and beautiful in a classical sense, or can simply be an opportunity to rock out and dance.
by PANiC! in my Pants February 01, 2007
Gothic does not mean most of the things that are on these pages , to all of the readers. I happen to be a 30 year old "gothic woman" so all of those phrases referring to teenagers, well those are not goths, just kids who are trying to get attention if they act like little asses , They do not reamain gothic after high school,but as we all know all teenagers act like that, but the "preps " are usually the ones who end up pregnat by the age of 15.

Although there are true gothic teenagers that stay this way all of their lives. There are some that give others a bad name, just live White people, African Americans, Hispanics, Muslums, you cant judge everyone by one person!
All of the Gothic people I know are very much more on a normal level of life than you so called everyday average people, & yes society does look down on all the gothic people , because its not their way of life, but we do not understand the concept of the way your lives are lived either.
Having chickens in your kitchen for decoration, thats kinda messed up huh? & pretty pink walls & so fourth, You are still just as screwed up in the head as the rest of us, so dont think you are any better. As for hot topic, go in there sometime & talk to the people that work there,or ther customers.
You will find them some of the most intellegent people you will ever meet, Oh & the nicest, as long as you don't come of as you are going to insult them . All that goths are ,are people who are who they want to be, so as for the comments about it not having to do with people, clothing, music or whatever, it has to do with all of those things, because thats the way we want it.
It has NOTHING to do with your defintion, do you see us getting on here writing about how stupid sporty , athletic people are? No you don't. So lay off the subject until you know more about it , the stereotype did come from the old word gothic because that is what has turned us onto that lifestyle, the art, the architecture & so fourth, there are gothic people that do not even dress in black, but they don't because of people like you!!!!!!
by Roseanna Steele September 22, 2006
Since this is urban dictionary, I'll give the more modern definition:
Of or relating to a subculture which developed in the late 70's as an offshoot of punk, characterized by unconventional hairstyles and clothing. Originates from a musical style which is still alive to a certain extent, gothic rock artists include Bauhaus, She Wants Revenge (more recent), and Sisters of Mercy. The term gothic comes from a 19th century literary style, which is the basis of horror fiction. As a general term, gothic means dark.
Stereotypes surround the gothic subculture, like any other subculture, including an association with Satanism (coming from a false connection between atheism and Satanism), a belief that goths (or gothics, to distinguish them from the Germanic tribe) dress unconventionally to attract attention from mainstream culture, and an association with depression and evil. Dark themes are what characterize gothic music and literature (also film and television), and these fictional themes are often misapplied to people. However, some of the negative stereotypes surrounding gothic culture are a result of (excuse my bias here) assholes who pretend to be vampires, cut Marilyn Manson into their backs with knives before going to a concert, and other attention-seeking shock artists who give the impression that gothic culture is about celebrating all things gruesome and barbaric. (Not that I have anything against a little violence in entertainment)
This is very cliche on urbandictionary, but here are some things that are not gothic"
Marilyn Manson
Self-harm or suicide (although depression is a common trait in youth regardless of subcultural orientation, and the lead singer of the early gothic music group Joy Division committed suicide)
Pretending to be a vampire.....outside of Halloween, that's just ridiculous
Gothic music: see above
Gothic movies: almost anything related to Dracula, Frankenstein, vampires
Gothic clothing: this varies from subspecies (excuse my terminology) to subspecies of goth, including cybergoth, romantic goth (old school), heavy metal goth, "mallgoth" (an insult applied to goths who embrace gothic fashion and culture for reasons perceived to be superficial, however, some of this is just elitism), etc
by Urban Dic Nerd November 04, 2007
Of or relating to goth and the subculture thereof. Older adherents of the subculture (it's been around since the 1970s, people) prefer to call themselves "gothic" rather than "goths". The term is reminiscent of a style of medieval architecture and intended to bring to mind images of gargoyles, stone arches and funerary monuments.
There is no "gothic movement". Get over it.
by Emby Quinn October 22, 2003
A real time, German RPG with an engrossing storyline, and an excellent combat system.
Gothic is one of the best RPGs out there. Download or buy it as soon as possible.
by Delthryn March 09, 2005
Unlike what people might say, goths are not depressed people, in fact they're people tha CAN see beauty even in some places that normal, stupid people can't, for example death.

they look like old school real punks, but with a darkes sense of fashion: black clothes, piercings, chains, grose hairstyles and other things may caractrize them.
Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus was goth: she was always wearing black and she didn't despise death... haha just kiding.

Evanesence are NOT goth

Lacrimosa and Rosseta Stone are examples of gothic music
by Sheishop August 11, 2007
"Gothic" is an adjective, not a noun. Therefore, a group of people can not be "gothics". "Goths", perhaps (though not likely given how little people know about the subject, especially people who refer to themselves as "gothic"). Similarly, "emo" (which, by the way, has nothing to do with Gothic anything) is short for "emotional", which, also, is an adjective, not a noun. Calling people "gothics" or "emos" just makes you look like an uneducated jackass.
"Look at the group of gothics or other adjectives! I need to wear a helmet when I leave the house."
by Joe*mama December 02, 2006

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